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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Lazarev Fight Canceled

Igor Lazarev was scheduled to face Kristian Bejko last night in Vlore, Albania. The entire card was initially postponed and now officially canceled due to the coronovirus restrictions. The weigh-in had gone on as planned the day before.

Albania currently has 1,866 open cases of coronavirus-19, and 134 people have died of the virus in the country. The prevalence of the virus has increased over the past month with the country averaging just under 100 new cases a day. Vlore county has had 191 total cases and four people have died.

Albania, along with most of the rest of the world, essentially went into lockdown in mid-March. Restrictions were gradually eased throughout the month of May. International travel into the country resumed on June 22. Some restrictive measures have recently returned since the surge of the virus. As of July 15, masks are required inside buildings. Nightclubs and bars were closed again on July 20.

Initially, there was a question if Lazarev would even be allowed out of Israel. Israel has experienced a total of 61,000 cases of the virus and 464 people in the country have died as a result. Daily cases and death have increased in Israel during July. Once Lazarev made it Albania, it seemed as if he had leapt the biggest hurdle. The last-minute cancellation is very disappointing for all the boxers who trained, made weight, and traveled to the venue.

Lazarev will return home tomorrow and hopes to fight again in September.

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